Cherry flower & Nikon DX lens compatibility

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This is another example of a macro tilt photograph that I have taken recently. Although I could not have taken the photograph as it is shown here without the tilt function, the effect of the lens movement is not very apparent. However, the ability to move the focal plane and to take macro photographs with a wide open aperture was one of the main reasons for my interest in the Mirex tilt-shift adapter. I intend to experiment with and practice this type of macro tilt photography extensively this year. Unfortunately, the cherry flowers are already gone for this year (due to one of the many heavy rains of this spring; right after the flowers opened).
On a different note, I would like to let you know that Nikon DX lenses (with an additional Canon EF to Nikon adapter) seem to be compatible with the micro four thirds tilt-shift adapter (unlike the Canon EF-S 18-55 lens). I have recently had the chance to quickly try fitting the Nikon 18-55 DX lens onto my newly acquired adapter and I can report that the lens tilts and shifts in all directions as it should. I have not taken any photograph with this camera-adapter-lens combination, but I have no reason to doubt its perfect functionality. I also do not yet know if other Nikon DX lenses fit the Mirex adapter or not, but the possibility is very promising - you could for example "create" a fascinating 11-16 or 12-24 mm tilt-shift zoom lens!

2013/05/17 by Florian Freimoser
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  1. Have you try shift with DX lens? I want to know about the max. shift distance without vignette.

    I am now collecting data for tilt-shift photograph with my m4/3 camera before I invest some gears. You inspired me :D

  2. Hello Saurayuit,
    thank you for your comment. The maximal shift depends on the image circle of the lens that you want to use. As far as I understand, different lenses have different image circles, even if they are made for the same format.
    The DX format is almost 7 mm wider than the m4/3 format. I would thus assume that you must be able to shift at least 3.5 mm in both directions, but most likely this distance will be larger in reality (but has to be tested for each lens).

    Since I do not own any DX lens, I have no experience concerning their image circle.

    I hope that this helps somewhat.

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